PHOTO Antifouling in Zanzibar works like this.


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All boats have problems with algae in the hull: we solve them with time-consuming (and often expensive) antifouling application; in Zanzibar they are much, much more hurried.
These photos were sent to us by one of our staff members who was at the site. “The local fishermen,” he explains, “used to burn palm leaves under the hull in the shallows. This type of vegetation burns quickly, so it ends up heating the hull of the boat (which is wooden) without burning it. The heat dries up algae, dog teeth and the like, which are then scraped off with a wooden shovel.” Quick and painless. Of course these are small boats, but who knows if some company, someday, will take a cue from the fishermen of Zanzibar!


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